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Old 03-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Buying a new amp

So, I've been playing the electric guitar for about a year. The Fender Deluxe 85 just doesn't have the sound I'm looking for. I play mostly reggae music, but enjoy playing genres like rock and punk as well. I know if I ask for a good amp for reggae, everyone will say the JC120. My only worry with the jazz chorus is... is it versatile enough to play a variety of genres? Do they sound good with a distortion pedal plugged into it for some crunchy lead? I read in other forums that the Peavey Classic 50/30 is used a lot for reggae, and is also a versatile amp. But, I haven't read much about them on this forum. Does anyone have any personal experience with them? I've been checking my local craigslist and this is what I've found. As of right now, I'm leaning more towards the Peavey Classic 50. But.... The JC120 I found locally to me looks super clean and well taken care of.... Take a look and tell me what you guys think... My budget is $500.

Peavey Classic 50
http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/msg/3669259226.html

JC120
http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/msg/3588645530.html


and.... this twin reverb if he'll let it go for $500
http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/msg/3646350267.html

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:40 AM   #2
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I got a used classic 50 about 2 weeks ago (it's the tweed model with two 12" speakers). I am blown away by this amp. Great clean channel, the dirty channel is perfect for blues and hard rock and with the gain cranked, it can even handle early 80's metal. The tone knobs are really sensitive, plenty of volume for gigs, tons of headroom on the clean channel, overall, best amp I've ever owned.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:46 AM   #3
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+1 on the Peavey...

I was in a band with a guy who used one for years. Solid amp, and sound awesome.

We use to do some reggae jams and covers, and that thing sounded awesome.

We mostly played rock/blues, and that thing nailed it on the head! If I reacall correctly, he use to use a OCD in front of it to push it for some heavier stuff, or just use it on the clean channel for a light blues tone.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:01 AM   #4
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I haven't talked to the guy about the peavey yet because I'm working shitty 3rd shifts. It doesnt say if it comes with a foot switch. Also, I've also thrown a Fender Deville into the equation. I've kinda thrown the JC120 out because I don't think it will be as versatile as I want an amp to be. So, it's either drive an hour for a Peavey Classic 50 or drive 20 mins for a Fender Hot Rod Deville. They're going to be around the same price, depending on who I can talk down the most.

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Old 03-18-2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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The JC120 wouldn't be a terrible choice, but I do know a lot of people wory about it's ability to do a lot of things. If you put enough time into it it really can.

But I would probably go with the Deville, either one would be a good choice. If there is any chance of you being able to play them before deciding that's when you'll know.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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Classic 50 would be a great all-rounder. JC120 is total balls for rock.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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If you play mostly reggae the JC120 wouldn't be a terrible choice. Could grab it and then something like the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret for your punk & rock needs.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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flextone 3 xl . has a model of a jc120 from a vetta along with m series effects. also has a killer jcm800 model that rips. i used just those 2 on mine
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
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I think any of those amps would make a good fit. I'm biased because I own a deville and play ska/reggae and punk as well and love it for that. But the Peavey would be an excellent choice as well. I'm not a big fan of JC personally.
that being said, you seem kind of geared towards the Peavey from the way your posts sound. Maybe you should just bite the bullet and take the drive to try it out, it sucks but you can always walk away.

Edit: Twin reverb tho.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:41 PM   #10
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So, I'm going to check out the Classic 50 tomorrow. The deville doesn't come with a footswitch, but I figured you could buy them online at a decent price. The guy with the twin reverb not got back to me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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Got the Peavey Classic 50 and I'm glad I did. I love it!
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:07 PM   #12
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Nice! Happy NAD!

I've been tempted to pick up a 30 just for the hell of it.
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I was just going to type that I'd rather have the Classic 50 over a Jazz Chorus for what you play and then BOOM!

Peavey Classic 50


You should do a NAD thread my friend. Have fun with your new amp.
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I was just going to type that I'd rather have the Classic 50 over a Jazz Chorus for what you play and then BOOM!

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You should do a NAD thread my friend. Have fun with your new amp.

+1 I honestly don't like the JC120 because it is only good for cleans, and I really don't like the cleans on it anyways
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:48 AM   #15
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What's a NAD? lol
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Welcome to Forum Talk. On this weeks episode, we have the acronym NAD. NAD stands for New Amp Day, which is used when a TS (Thread Starter)n have received a new amplifier. Similar acronyms are NSD, NGD, and HNAD. That ends this weeks of Forum Talk, I hope you have a nice day.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:47 AM   #17
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Find an old Fender Twin. You're in the US, you should be able to find a silverface for way less than $500. If you ask me, a Twin craps all over a JC120 for reggae. Twin for the win.
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Welcome to Forum Talk. On this weeks episode, we have the acronym NAD. NAD stands for New Amp Day, which is used when a TS (Thread Starter)n have received a new amplifier. Similar acronyms are NSD, NGD, and HNAD. That ends this weeks of Forum Talk, I hope you have a nice day.


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Old 03-20-2013, 10:01 AM   #19
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Oh. You bought the Peavey? I seemed to have missed that. I'm sure it will work for you just fine.
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